Blind Tennis

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Blind Tennis often called Soundball Tennis  is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a junior tennis racket and an adapted sponge ball that makes a noise when it bounces. Balls can be either black or florescent yellow to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall. Tennis video link here

The standard rules of tennis apply with just a few modifications: if you’re totally blind you’re allowed three bounces, those with partial sight are allowed two. Just like standard tennis, you can play singles or doubles. Sighted players can play against visually impaired players, but they’re allowed only one bounce and no volleying.

To find out more about what we offer or to get involved, contact Odette Battarel

Latest Tennis Events

VI Tennis – NTC – 20 Nov!

National Tennis Centre (NTC), 100 Priory Lane, London, SW15 5JQ
7.00pm - 8.30pm
20th November 2018
£5 per session
More Info

Blind Tennis at Bromley 25 Nov!

Bromley Tennis Centre, Avebury Road, Orpington BR6 9SA
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
1689 880407
25th November 2018
More Info
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A big thank you to Sport Islington for their help in supporting the Metro Blind Sport Tennis  sessions
You can visit the Tennis event page here:

2018 Regional VI Tennis Tournaments

The dates for the next year’s regional tournaments that have been confirmed already are as follows:

  • 24 February – Loughborough Regional Tournament
  • 12 – 13 May – Newcastle Regional Tournament
  • 28 – 29 July – Cambridge Regional Tournament
  • 11 – 12 August – York Regional Tournament

Video on Blind Tennis

What Metro can offer:

  • Regular evening practice sessions in London with a coach on hand
  • An annual national tournament in the autumn (thanks to support from the Tennis Foundation)
  • Support to achieve a coaching certificate
  • Sessions for adults and juniors. Islington Tennis Centre Friday sessions are for partially sighted players. National Tennis Centre Friday sessions are for advanced players.
  • Wednesday sessions are for totally blind players (B1) and people who have never played tennis before.

Check out our latest Tennis Events Here

VI Guide to Tennis

Download latest Blind Tennis guide – Word version – December 2016

Download latest Blind Tennis guide – PDF version – December 2016

Tennis Foundation Database

If you want to receive direct notification of upcoming tennis events, camps and tournaments  from the tennis foundation, you need to contact Sam Perks below

Sam Perks is Disability Development Coordinator

Email:  or Tel.  07961 267 942

Tennis Foundation Contacts

Kirsty Thompson is Disability Tournament Director.

Email:  or Tel. 0208 487 7068


The Positive Impact of Disability Tennis report

This can be downloaded from the Tennis Foundation’s website link below

DOWNLOAD REPORT: The Positive Impact of Disability Tennis


A Big Thank you to Peter Harrison Foundation!

Many thanks to Peter Harrison Foundation below for their help in funding the Islington Tennis sessions in 2017

Peter Harrison Foundation

Peter Harrison Foundation
Peter Harrison Foundation supports Opportunities for self-development through participation in sport, including sport for disadvantaged and disabled people and Care of children and young people with special needs and education

Want to know more about Blind Tennis?

To find out more about what we offer or to get involved, contact Odette battarel

You can watch a video of Odette being interviewed about Sound Ball Tennis at the link below:



Latest VI Advisory Groups agreed  VI Tennis Rules 

Download: the full VI Tennis Advisory Group Document below
Feedback Word document here

See rules for more info.

Read about the Metro Annual Tennis Tournament 2013 and a new players perspective by clicking on ‘Articles’ in the Quicklinks box on this page. For an umpire’s view of the 2012 Tournament, Visit:

Watch a video on Metro the Tennis Foundation website of metro members playing at the National Tennis Centre

To read about Miyoshi Takei, the inventor of blind tennis, visit:

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